Demographers


Overview

Demographers

Introduction

Demographers are population specialists who collect and analyze vital statistics related to human population changes, such as births, marriages, and deaths. They plan and conduct research surveys to study population trends and assess the effects of population movements. Demographers work for government organizations as well as at private companies across the country.

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Median Salary

$72,414

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Internship or prior experience with statistical research and anal


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Skills

Information Management


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Personality Traits

Curious

Earnings

Earnings vary widely according to education, training, and place of employment. In 2019, demographers earned median annual salaries of $72,414, according to PayScale.com. The lowest 10 percent earned $25,000 a year, and the highest 10 percent made more than $81,000 annually. 

Vacation days and other benefits, such as sick leave, group insurance, and a retirement plan, are typically provi...

Work Environment

Most demographers work in offices or classrooms during a regular 40-hour week. Depending on the project and deadlines, however, overtime may be required. Those engaged in research may work with other demographers assembling related information. Most of the work revolves around analyzing population data or interpreting other data. A demographer is also usually responsible for writing a report de...

Outlook

Employment for sociologists, a profession related to demographers, is expected to grow faster than the average for all careers from 2018 to through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Job opportunities for statisticians (another related career) are expected to grow 31 percent during this same time span, much faster than the average for all careers. The DOL reports that "growt...

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